Book Reviews Life as It Is or Matters and Things in General Containing amongst Other Things, Historical Sketches of the Exploration and First Settlement of the State of Tennessee. By J. W. M. Breazeale. (1842; repr., Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. Pp. xxxvi, 256.) In the preface of his self-published work Life as It Is, lawyer, newspaper publisher, and politician J. W. M. Breazeale declares the "object" of his book "is to amuse, instruct, and improve the human mind" through the recounting of "the history of the patriarchs of Tennessee (5)." Breazeale's work provides readers with an unusual amalgam of Tennessee history, descriptions of the natural world, political commentary, and pointed moral criticism. Published in 1842, Life as It Is is loosely divided into five parts. From the settlement of the upper Tennessee Valley in the 1760s through the creation of the state of Tennessee in 1796, the first twelve chapters offer a narrative history of Tennessee with a particular focus on Indian-white conflict, politics, and economic development. Those familiar with early Tennessee histories will immediately recognize the organization and triumphalist tenor of the narrative. The region's Indians (Overhill and Chickamauga Cherokee) are depicted as savages and
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